New Internet-based system has real-time operational GIS weather data for decision support

MINNEAPOLIS, April 10, 2003 — Minneapolis-based Meteorlogix announced the launch of MxInsight GIS Weatherà¢â€ž- – a one-of-a-kind, Internet-based weather data information system in GIS format. With MxInsight GIS Weather, current, forecasted and recent historical weather data is delivered to utility professionals, enabling them to analyze it as they would any other layer within their GIS system.

Utility companies and professionals can now use MxInsight GIS Weather to plan distribution and staff schedules based on forecasted temperature, precipitation and likelihood of severe weather and dispatch appropriate field crews sooner after severe weather hits.

Meteorlogix is the first and only company to provide real-time, GIS format weather data to GIS developers and end users for operational purposes – with none of the time delays that are often present with free Internet weather services.

With MxInsight GIS Weather, current weather data is easier to use for real-time monitoring and alerting. In particular, “corridors” are provided for storms with tornado, hail and mesocyclone potential. These corridors are fan shaped areas projected out for 60 minutes to show the likely path of the storm and color coded to reflect the type of severe weather they contain.

Better forecast data is also provided in an easier-to-use format to support contingency planning ahead of severe weather. In addition, more historical data is provided for easier impact analysis and more effective response to recent weather events.

MxInsight GIS Weather is compatible with any GIS software product that supports a shape file format, including ArcMap, ArcIMS, ArcView and ArcSDE. MxInsight GIS Weather expands the data and capabilities of Meteorlogix’s current MxInsight Metwork GISà¢â€ž- product, providing a wider time window of weather information as well as availability over the Internet through ftp.

“If weather affects the real-world situation that utility professionals are modeling with their GIS applications, they can add significant value to their product by integrating MxInsight GIS Weather,” said Robert Gordon, chief executive officer, Meteorlogix. “In the electric or gas utility industry, better contingency planning, more accurate real-time monitoring and alerting, and more effective impact assessment and response can help save lives and reduce costs during a severe weather event.”

About Meteorlogix Meteorlogix (www.meteorlogix.com) is a portfolio company of VS&A Communications Partners III, LP, the billion dollar equity affiliate of Veronis Suhler Stevenson. Based in Minneapolis, the company delivers industry-specific weather management capabilities for its customers to manage weather-related business risks, maximize personal safety and minimize financial loss.

Meteorlogix serves more than 22,000 customers with a focus on public safety, broadcast media, transportation, energy and aviation industries. Its client roster includes the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Reuters, Bloomberg, Union Pacific Railroad, Tennessee Valley Authority, US Airways, CBS-owned WBBM-TV, City of Orlando and Travelocity.


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  • The Clarion Energy Content Team is made up of editors from various publications, including POWERGRID International, Power Engineering, Renewable Energy World, Hydro Review, Smart Energy International, and Power Engineering International. Contact the content lead for this publication at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com.

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